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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Night Sky’ On Prime Video, Where J.K. Simmons And Sissy Spacek Play A Married Couple Who Share A Cosmic Secret

One of the great things about the streaming era is that it’s no longer unacceptable for A-list movie stars — especially ones that are Oscar winners — to star in series. So when a show snags not just one but TWO Academy Award holders, their presence usually elevates everything else that’s going on during the series. That’s certainly true of the new Amazon series Night Sky. NIGHT SKY: STREAM IT OR SKIP IT? Opening Shot: We see a blurry shot of what looks like stars and the planet Saturn. When it comes into focus it ends up being a Schlitz sign in a...
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Wendy Williams Balks at Court-Appointed Financial Guardian: 'I Want My Money'

Wendy Williams just can't catch a break. Despite her battle with Wells Fargo Bank seemingly being over after the courts have appointed her a financial guardian granting her access to her funds, Williams is reportedly not happy with the judgment. All of this comes amid speculation of Williams' declining physical and mental health, as well as her losing her No. 1 talk show while out on medical leave to Sherri Shepherd. Her representative tells Deadline that Williams is opposed to the judgment. She reportedly wanted her 21-year-old son in charge.
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Erika Girardi Says Tom Girardi's Health Remains in Decline: 'He Thinks He's Still Practicing Law'

Erika Girardi offered an update about estranged husband Tom Girardi's health on Wednesday, during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. Tom, 82, was diagnosed with dementia and late-onset Alzheimer's disease back in March 2021. That July he was moved to a nursing facility with 24-hour care, where he's been residing amid his legal woes and divorce from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star.
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Study reveals impact of sleep-disordered breathing in adults over 70

A recent study by Monash University researchers found that even mild cases of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), the most common type being obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), associate with lower physical health-related quality of life, and also with lower cognitive function. In a baseline analysis of data from the sub-study of the...
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How risk factors for developing dementia may vary between ages 55-80

Dementia is a broad category of disorders that impact the brain and people’s ability to think, remember, and perform everyday tasks. The exact cause of dementia is largely unknown but experts suspect a link between cardiovascular risk and dementia. A recent study found that dementia risk factors, including lifestyle...
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Holistic Program May Help People With Alzheimer's, Dementia

May 19, 2022 – In 2018, David Elliot, an 83-year-old retired international businessman, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. His health care providers encouraged his wife, Susan, to join a caregiver support group and encouraged David to join a group for patients as soon as possible. The Elliots had...
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Alzheimer's Disease: The Inevitable Presence of Absence

Alzheimer's, a progressive neurodegenerative disease, affects memory, cognition, personality, and behavior in over 24 million people worldwide. Those with Type 2 diabetes are at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's, which is sometimes referred to as Type 3 diabetes. To date, there is no treatment, but researchers are repurposing medications...
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This Is Us director breaks down Rebecca's final ride — and those surprise reunions

Last stop: total devastation. The penultimate episode of This Is Us showcased the time-warping family drama's ability to make you feel like — what's the right analogy? — you just got hit by a freight train. This one was actually a passenger train, though. Written by series creator Dan Fogelman, "The Train" chronicled the final hours for Rebecca (Mandy Moore) as the Pearsons said their teary, funny goodbyes and depicted her stately, ethereal journey into the great beyond. The woman whose sharp mind and joie de vivre were ravaged by Alzheimer's was able to commune with the essential memories and people from her life via this legacy-luxury locomotive, something she always dreamed of riding as a kid. Here, guided by conductor William (Ron Cephas Jones), Rebecca passed through each compartment with wide-eyed wonder, discovering familiar faces along the way, all while struggling with the feeling that she was "waiting for someone."
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Using light and sound to reveal rapid brain activity in unprecedented detail

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have developed a method to scan and image the blood flow and oxygen levels inside a mouse brain in real-time with enough resolution to view the activity of both individual vessels and the entire brain at once. This new imaging approach breaks long-standing speed and...
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Snacking on cranberries builds memory muscle and keeps dementia away

NORWICH, England — Eating a daily handful of cranberries could improve your memory and protect against dementia, according to new research. British scientists reveal that the superfruit, most often eaten with turkey on Thanksgiving, boosts recall by increasing blood flow to the brain. Researchers at the University of East...
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Does Your Dog Frequently Stare at Walls? It Could Be a Sign of Dementia

Most pet owners don't like to think about their four-legged companions growing old, but recognizing and acting on the signs and symptoms of the aging process will help you keep them comfortable over time. One key aspect of their wellness to monitor carefully as they age? Their brain health—unfortunately, dogs, like humans, are susceptible to dementia and other brain-related diseases. A recent viral TikTok video, posted by the user Jade (@wherejadeplays), illustrated one such sign of declining brain health: The footage shows a Jack Russell Terrier staring at the corner of a wall next to a washing machine, which the social media user explains to viewers is a sign of dementia in dogs.
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The One Fruit Dietitians Want You to Eat for a Sharper Mind

If you routinely forget where you put your keys or why you walked into a room, then it's time to start thinking about amping up your nutrition to help your brain out. The research on links between brain function and nutrition is exploding — and it turns out that your diet has an effect on cognition, memory and your risk of getting dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
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Friday Night Lights Review S2E2

During the offseason, we are continuing our weekly series discussing thoughts on arguably the best football TV show ever in Friday Night Lights. If you haven’t seen it, there is no better time to start. If you have seen it, there’s no better time to rewatch it. And if you’re like me, and watch an episode or season every year in preparation for college football, you’re right on track. Regardless of which category you fit into, it’s on Hulu Netflix (and Peacock), and you can follow along each week (on a Friday, of course) as a different episode from season two will be discussed, from the opening episodes with a new coach at the helm to the sudden cliffhanger caused by the writer’s strike.
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Risk factors for dementia may vary with age, finds study

Which vascular risk factors are associated with the risk of developing dementia may vary with age. A new study shows that among people around age 55, the risk of developing dementia over the next 10 years was increased in those with diabetes and high blood pressure. For people around 65 years old, the risk was higher in those with heart disease, and for those in their 70s, diabetes and stroke. For 80-year-olds, the risk of developing dementia was increased in those with diabetes and a history of stroke, while taking blood pressure medications decreased the risk. The study is published in the May 18, 2022, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
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Mass spectrometry to detect key markers of Alzheimer's

A group of Skoltech scientists led by Professor Evgeny Nikolaev in collaboration with colleagues from MIPT, Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology of RAS, and Emanuel Institute of Biochemical Physics of RAS has overviewed how mass spectrometry techniques help to study the diversity of beta-amyloid peptides, which are among the main biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease. Their paper summarizing recent achievements in the area was published in Mass Spectrometry Reviews and cites the researchers' previous study, in which they found a new potential trigger for the accelerated formation of amyloid plaques in the brain, which are considered to be one of the causes of Alzheimer's. New MS-based technologies should help to better understand the pathogenesis of the disease, diagnose it at early stages, predict risks, and create more effective therapeutic approaches.
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